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« on: April 25, 2006, 06:34:04 PM »

In May 2005, a public meeting was called by the Delhi Urban Art Commission, inviting professionals from various disciplines to contribute to ideas on how to make Delhi a better City and to chart out the way forward.

In this meeting 12 Task Forces were constituted involving over 100 professionals to critically examine the various factors that contribute to a better quality of life. These tasks forces worked' purely on a voluntary basis though facilitated by the DUAC. Each Task Force also had one official from a relevant authority as member to ensure the implementation of the ideas generated. Dozens of meetings were held inside the DUAC and outside, and outside, in brain storming sessions to give shape to the schemes as well as to share ideas amongst the Task Forces.

This exhibition is the outcome of the work generated by these Task Forces, grouped in a way as to involve the citizens of Delhi in a dialogue and point to possible routes, which Delhi could take to become a more livable city of world class standards. What emerged, as a consensus was that Delhi has the inherent capacity to grow out of its own DNA and that it did not have to evaluate unsustainable models developed in other countries. Delhi has its own unique natural heritage, built from and vibrant populations with great entrepreneurial skill.

This exhibition brings these efforts together in a portrait relationship to involve the professionals, the government bodies and the citizens of Delhi, to chalk out a sustainable future through which Delhi can place itself among the best cities of the world.


It is part of our life, as citizens of Delhi, to question us about where Delhi is heading in the future. We question ourselves because the destiny of India in the 21st century will be played out in Delhi for sure and in some other cities may be too.

What kind of a Delhi will the coming century bring to us? The coming Delhi can either have a re-vitalized connection with its multi-layered past or opt to move out to new territories where new economic zones with shining towers and highways are built on vacant land without a memory or history. These places like the Shenzhen territories of southern China are the new spaces of desire where cyber spaces take precedent over urban space and where net addresses are more important than street addresses. We have of course already made a beginning to go in the direction and the new Gurgaon and other economic zone cities will be coming up full of promise to a coming generation of wealthy Indians.

Should we clap for future of Delhi or remain silent and loose our faith in jour ability to take care of its core, it is center, and its soul within.

We believe that the unpredictable future of Delhi is linked to its multi-layered past and that its future will provide us with yet another layer in the history of this great urban civilization. For the last 500 years, Delhi has existed as a town surrounded by urban sprawl. In the next 500 years it will be transformed into the center of a great urban civilization that will have a population close to 50 million.

We can change the destiny of Delhi by caring for it. This exhibition restores our faith in the future of Delhi despite its fragmentation by multiple agencies during the last 50 years. To-day we are at another turning point in the history of Delhi as waves of global events provide its agency rulers opportunities to fragment the city by pushing it into an overdrive that is intended to make up for lost time. At such earlier turning points great Delhi's were founded. The Moguls founded Shahjehanabad and the British established New Delhi both of which we have inherited. This exhibition is about how we can use this inheritance to found another great Delhi not for the convenience of its ruling agencies but for the ordinary human being who is a citizen of Delhi.

The Delhi Urban Art Commission has begun a process that will define a new vision for Delhi. This exhibition illustrates our work-in- progress. If we are able to share this vision with the citizens and the other agencies that divide and control the fate of Delhi we may be able to revitalize the core of the coming great urban civilization which will have a population exceeding 50 million in the coming decades.


As Delhi grows into a metropolis of 20 million citizens and more.......
we need to think about five points that could improve the quantity of life for its citizens as well as enhance the city's distinctive personality.

Green Delhi
The natural features of Delhi - the river Yamuna, the Ridge, the forests, lakes and parks can be integrated into the planning of the city so that they can be experienced and enjoyed by all citizens.

Inherited Delhi
The inheritance from its past gives Delhi its special character. Its monuments, precincts, and villages are an unforgettable part of the city's personality. The future image of the city should be integrated with these inherited features.

Redevelopment of Delhi
A compact city is economically viable, and produces a rich urban culture.
The core areas of the city need to accommodate more activities and homes. The intensity and concentration of this redevelopment, and the development of new urban areas, should be more intensive near the metro, rail and bus stations.

Viable Transportation
The Delhi of 20 million citizens will need a strong and efficient public transport system. Reliance on private, individual transport by car or motorcycle will become environmentally unsustainable. Effective public transport should provide an essential service to at least 80% of the travel demand.

Streets and Public Areas
To enjoy the city, its public spaces and streets should once again be made safe, so that walking and cycling is a pleasurable experience. The right of the pedestrian to use public areas is an inalienable right and must be re - claimed.

Source DUAC Website


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